Ruth Negga operates mainly in the Irish world of cinema, participated with supporting roles in films like Isolation (2005), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), Fury (2012) and the award-winning 12 years a Slave (2013). In 2016 she gets the public recognition with the role of Mildred Loving in the biopic about Loving, for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination as Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. In the field of television, it is the female protagonist of the television series Preacher.
Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia and the African Union, where she lived until the age of four, from Irish mother and an Ethiopian father. At the age of seven she lost her father in a car accident. She then moved to Europe, in Ireland, where she still lives, continuing to visit the land of origin. She studied acting at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin, graduating as a B.A. in drama.
She made her debut in the film world in Capital Letters in 2004, playing the role of Taiwo. The first lead comes the following year, in the movie Isolation, whereas previously she had worked mainly in theater. Noting the recitation of Negga, director Neil Jordan decided to change the script of Breakfast on Pluto so as to insert her in the film. Also she appeared in the 2005 film Colour Me Kubrick opposite John Malkovich, and in the short film The Four Horsemen, 3-Minute 4-Play and Stars.
For television, she starred in the television series Doctors, Criminal Justice, and Love Is The Drug. Then she played the role of Doris “Sid” Siddiqi in the series of BBC Personal Affairs, alongside Laura Aikman, Annabel Scholey and Maimie McCoy. For the theater, she got roles in Duck, Titus Andronicus and Lay Me Down Softly, and in 2007 began working for the theatrical Irish group Pan Pan Thatre. In 2010 she had the role of Ophelia in the production of the National Theater of the Hamlet by William Shakespeare and that of Nikki in the TV series Misfits on the British TV channel E4.
Between 2010 and 2011 she worked for the Irish series RTE One Love / Hate, in the role of Rosie Moynihan. In later years she took part in several successful films including World War Z (2013), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Warcraft – The beginning (2016), opposite Paula Patton and in the role of Taria Wrynn, and Loving (2016).